Oes contemporary society provide increased opportunities for female criminality.

Equal rights for woman a criminal opportunity.

Overall research issue:-
Does contemporary British society provide more opportunities for females to be involved in crime and how are they subsequently dealt with. Have social changes encouraged female crime to increase.

Conceptual / theoretical / policy research Context:-

I mainly want to focus my research on woman and crime and whether changes in society and women s independence, such as woman allowed to vote and work etc. have given increased opportunities for woman to offend that previously didn t exist. I think a feminist approach on this research project may be the best approach to finding out my research project. To research contemporary crime opportunities, I am going to look at relativity new crime which can be linked to new technologies, for example: mobile phones, computers, and ipod thefts. Technologies such as these may have provided increased opportunities to commit crime, as these technologies didn t previously exist. The website uk should provide me with my information, I will also be able to see how much it has increased if any over last few years. If new technology and crime are on the increase does this mean older technology such as CD walkmans and tapes decks are de-creasing in crime? And does the statistics only show crime of electrical goods? Or does individual electrical device get counted?

Also I am interesting in to find out which trends of crimes females are most likely to commit, and whether there is a more female oriented or male oriented crime for example is armed robbery more associated with males and shop lifting associated with females and is this true? Or whether either of them has changed for example; have women crime statistics increased in involvement in armed robbery.

Sex offenders are stigmatised as all being male but in recent years more woman are being found to have taken part in these such offences the Ian Huntley and Maxine Carr case brought lots of media attention as there was a woman found to have been involved this caused a public outcry, is this because women are seen as the mothering figure? And should no better? Researching sex offending I will have to use a range of different books, Jones, S (2003) Criminology. Great Britain: Cromwell Press may prove to be useful also the use of psychology research books will provide an insight. There will also be a issues when dealing with this matter I will have to take in to consideration, I am not intending to do any surveys or interviews to complete my piece of research.

When researching new crimes I will have to be aware that I don t go far to in depth of many of the crimes as this may deter me from my overall goal of my research question.

Changes in prison population for females I will be interested in as this will link in to whether or not that the crimes committed by females has increased, these figures on females in prison I will compare to men in prison and find any similarities. Also by comparing male and female it can also bring up the question do the courts give out more lenient sentencing for woman? And if so would this encourage woman to re-offend?

Contribution of social trends and the independence of woman are adding factors to the question on crime, for example if woman were still seen as inferior to men would woman be able to commit crime to an extent as seen today, and there is always that the question nature v nurture socio economic factors such as if a woman has children in bad housing and in bad area would this make her more likely to commit crime to feed for her family? Or was she simply born a criminal? Given that question does mean if it were nature and crime has increased does the mean it is form of evolution? This area I will go into little detail as this is not my main research question and it would be very easy to loose track of what really needs to be researched.

Race, culture, and religious aspects will play a major part in my research as there are still cultures were women are looked  down upon and in some respect have no freedom compared to the stereotypical modern English/non religious woman and do not have the independence that most people take for granted this will give me the ground I need to back up my research on whether independence of woman plays a part in if any increase in crime in our society.

The structure of my dissertation I intend to break down into three parts ultimately three questions and they will all interlink this will help me keep stay on track and stay focused. The first part will be does contemporary British society provide more opportunities for females to be involved in crime? Second part is and how are they subsequently dealt with? And lastly have social changes encouraged female crime to increase? By splitting my research into three parts I will be able to make an organised timetable on how to tackle this piece of work.

What I intend to do:-
” Show whether or not female criminology is on the increase
” Break down the areas of offences committed into those linked with female offences
” Compare the sentencing of the same offences between men and woman and the outcomes.
” Asses the changes in law and social policy that may provide more opportunities for female offending.
” Suggestions for future legislation and changes to the law to equalise offending if any needed.
” Assess whether culture and religion in Britain influence whether woman become more involved in crime. Are there restrictions in there cultures / religion that deter crime.
” Does having children influence which sorts of crime and the likelihood of becoming involved in crime for woman.
” Psychological dimensions relating to relationships within the family e.g. mother / child.
” Analyse the differences in age ranges relating to particular crimes.
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